Oakridge Middle School honors Rachel’s Challengers for October

November 23, 2012 

Oakridge Middle School is recognizing students as Rachel’s Challengers.

These students consistently demonstrate character and who strive each day to follow Rachel’s five challenges: eliminate prejudice, dare to dream, choose your influences, use kind words and start a chain reaction of kindness.

Rachel’s Challengers for the month of October are:

• Sixth grade: Kameron Cogdill, Jackson Urbaniuk, Jack Winter, Katie White, Logan Pubentz, Sean Clayton and Joseph Palermo.

• Seventh grade: Garrett Lutz, Kallesta Dodge, Brent Courtwright, Savannah Bryant, Heidi Sanders and Kaitlyn Ebright.

• Eighth grade: Luke Trowbridge, Caroline Clark, Heather Clifford, Kyle Kalick, Joseph Glover and Grace Miller.

Alive at 25 Day Saturday at CHS

Clover High School will hold Alive at 25 Day on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Continental tire, which provided $10,000, allows the first 300 students to register to participate free.

The four-and-half hour course, taught by certified law enforcement officers, costs $35. Continental Tire also is providing pizza for the students.

Students who don’t take the class at Clover High would be able to participate in other courses offered locally, including a course taught the third Saturday of each month at the York County law enforcement training facility.

OMS gives for Thanksgiving

Oakridge Middle School faculty, staff and students supported 30 families in the Clover community with Thanksgiving dinners.

The school has participated in this project - “Thanksgiving Giving” - every year since the school opened four years ago. Each team at the school is asked to donate items to fill the dinner boxes. Staff members, including front office and cafeteria, also donate or bring items for the boxes.

Concerts planned at Clover auditorium

Clover schools plan holiday performances at the Clover School District Auditorium:

Oakridge Middle School will present The Golden Voices and the Talon Group in concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. Admission is free. Cory Dover is director of the chorus program.

The annual Clover High School Choraliers Concert will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 8, and 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets will be sold at the auditorium. Call 803-222-8018 for pricing and information.

Lake Pointe Academy info meeting Thursday

Lake Pointe Academy, a Classical Christian University Model school for grades K-12, is holding an informational meeting for prospective parents and students from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

Parents will learn about the vision of the school’s parent involvement and classical education approach. Visitors will meet leaders and staff, browse materials and have questions answered. The 8-year-old private school teaches at a gifted-and-talented and honors level.

The school is at 3168 Hands Mill Hwy., near Concord Road in the Lake Wylie area. For more information, visit the admissions tab at lakepointeacademy.com, make reservations at mailbox@LPA-SC.com or call 803-631-5253.

CHS students collect donations for CAAC

Students from Clover High School not only volunteer on a regular basis at Clover Area Assistance Center, but they also organize collections of items to be given to those in need in the local area.

Clover High School Student Council and Carrousel Scholar Caroline Hester recently worked together to collect more than 4,750 pounds of canned goods for the Clover Area Assistance Center.

Hester also collected about 130 pounds of toiletry and dental care items at First Baptist Church, Clover schools and at home football games for CAAC Dental Clinic.

Dr. Stacy Blackmon, volunteer dentist for the CAAC Dental Clinic, and her staff see 15 to 24 patients weekly at the CAAC Dental Clinic. Dental care is provided by appointment only and all patients are referred by CAAC. For more information, call 803-222-4837.

Culinary school contests begin

Culinary arts students can compete to earn a tuition scholarship to one of The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes, including the Charlotte campus. The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition is for high school seniors. The Art Institutes Culinary Scholarship Competition is for high school graduates.

The first-place winner in the high school senior competition at each participating Art Institutes school will earn a $4,000 tuition scholarship. The second-place winner in the high school senior competition at each participating Art Institutes school will earn a $1,000 scholarship. The first-place winner in the high school graduate competition at each participating Art Institutes school will earn a $1,500 scholarship.

The deadline for entry is Jan. 24. Selected finalists will participate in a cook-off competition at each participating Art Institutes school on March 2, judged by professional chefs and culinary faculty.

For information, visit aicompetitions.com/culinary2013/.

Set up blood drive, earn scholarship

High school and college students who will be home for the holidays will have a chance to win a “Holiday Heroes Scholarship” from the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.

To qualify for a “Holiday Heroes Scholarship,” students must choose a blood drive location in their community; select a date between Dec. 22-Jan. 6, recruit friends, family and neighbors to donate blood, and collect a minimum of 25 units. CBCC will award a $1,000 scholarship to the student who collects the most units.

More information about CBCC scholarship opportunities is available at cbcc.us/sponsors/high-school-drives.php. Call 704-972-4727 for more information.

Help choose Employee of Month

The Clover School District’s Teacher Forum, a group made up of each school’s teacher of the year, seeks community input as it expands the district’s Employee of the Month recognition program. sponsored by Family Trust Federal Credit Union.

To nominate a school-based employee in the district, visit the employee’s school website and click the “vote now for Employee of the Month.”

Each school’s recipient is presented with a $25 Visa gift card from Family Trust and his or her picture is displayed in the school’s lobby.

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